Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> November 15, 2004


WADE F. B. THOMPSON co-founded Thor Industries, Inc. with Peter B. Orthwein on August 29, 1980. Since that time the company has grown through a combination of internal growth and acquisitions into the largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and mid-size buses. For the year ended July 31, 2004, Thor sales and net income were $2.188 billion and $106 million, respectively. On July 31, 2004, Thor had $199 million cash and zero debt. Mr. Thompson is a trustee of the Municipal Art Society and Mystic Seaport Museum. He is the founder of The Drive Against Prostate Cancer and the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of the company and a

picture of the things you are doing at the present time?

Mr. Thompson: Thor Industries was founded in 1980; we're in